Staples' double guns down Evergreen
PUBLISHED: 17:37 04 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Hatfield Town 3 Evergreen 1 HATFIELD Town climbed into the Premier Division top three last Wednesday night following their hard-fought 3-1 victory over Evergreen. Two goals from Daniel Staples and one by Lewis
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Hatfield Town 3 Evergreen 1
HATFIELD Town climbed into the Premier Division top three last Wednesday night following their hard-fought 3-1 victory over Evergreen.
Two goals from Daniel Staples and one by Lewis Field secured Town the spoils at Rothamsted Park.
Trevor Lloyd and Andy Prutton's men are now just a point behind Buntingford Town in second place with a game in hand and marginally better goal difference.
They are still eight points adrift of runaway leaders Metropolitan Police Bushey though.
Staples' two great goals and a league debut by the returning Martin Standen were the highlights of a dour game last Wednesday.
The heavy conditions made fast-flowing football difficult and as always the dogged defence by Evergreen make this a hard-fought game.
However, Hatfield stuck to their task and the defence were brilliant and withheld almost everything that Evergreen could muster.
Scott Lacey, a recent recruit from Colney Heath, Gary Coley and John McGrandles were resolute at the back and formed a superb unit.
The midfield were combative with Wes Awad, the eventual Mortgage Centre man of the match, and Trevor Golder both outstanding.
It was all Hatfield in the first half but Town just couldn't make the vital breakthrough.
Dave Hewing, Staples and Field worked hard up front and their efforts were finally rewarded a couple of minutes before the interval.
Town took the lead on 43 minutes when Field saw his chance and slotted home a great goal for 1-0 at half-time.
Hatfield played a lot better in the second period and enjoyed some fine passages of play.
They doubled their lead just before the hour when the ever-alert Staples latched onto a pass from Hewing and beat the Evergreen keeper with an unstoppable shot.
Standen made his long-awaited Town return when he replaced Hewing.
It was mostly Hatfield for the remaining minutes with their superior fitness levels paying dividends.
However, the home side got a wake-up call on 77 minutes when Liam Sonner took a long-range free-kick that fizzed into the top of the net.
Hatfield then buckled down and soon restored their two-goal lead.
On 80 minutes good work between Field, Standen and Staples saw the latter beat the advancing keeper with a great shot for his second of the match.
In the end it was a comprehensive victory with Wes Awad named the man of the match.
Town face Standon & Puckeridge tomorrow night (Wednesday) in the third round of the Aubrey Cup.
The winners will face either Bovingdon or Codicote in the semi-finals of the competition.
Hatfield's next Herts Senior County League outing is at home to Park Street Village on Saturday.